Key information

  • Locations: India 
  • Eligible students: Undergraduate
  • Cost: A$3,100 approx.
  • Unit code: ENG31005 Engineering Practice Field Project


Designed to foster tomorrow’s leaders, Pollinate Energy’s Student Fellowship programs bring together young people from all backgrounds who have a passion for improving lives through social business models and environmentally sustainable solutions.

The Pollinate Fellowship program is embedded in a for-credit-unit that includes approximately 26 days in India. India is a dynamic country with vibrant cultures, incredible food and warm-hearted people.

While in-country you will work through structured learning workshops while simultaneously working on real world projects alongside Pollinate’s team in India to support their innovative work.

Pollinate Energy work with people living in India’s urban slums to provide a distribution network that provides life-changing products to the people that need them most. See Pollinate’s website for more information.


  • Hands-on workshops to build your skills and confidence for working in India with Pollinate’s team
  • Demonstration of Pollinate’s solar technology products
  • Community visits with Pollinate’s team in India
  • Time to work on your group projects alongside Pollinate’s team in India
  • Language lessons to assist in communicating with people in India
  • Cultural activities to experience India’s rich and diverse culture
  • Free time to explore the region and recharge

Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya, India. 


  • Build knowledge, skills and experience while working in a dynamic social enterprise
  • Explore the role of engineering in an international context while working on real-world projects in collaboration with our in-country partner Pollinate Energy
  • Gain experience working cross-culturally by working alongside Pollinate’s India team
  • Challenge and improve your cross-cultural communication skills and problem solving abilities
  • Build an understanding of effective development principles including two-way knowledge sharing, strength-based approaches and capacity building
  • Experience the dynamic nature of Indian culture
  • Build strong friendships with your fellow students, the Pollinate team and people in India

Itinerary (TBC)

  • Week 1 – Classes on campus in Hawthorn to prepare for the field intensive
  • Weeks 2, 3 and 4 – Field intensive in India
  • Week 6 – Classes on campus in Hawthorn to finalise project work and assessment

Eligibility and selection criteria

Students must be enrolled in ENG31005 to participate in the overseas field trip. Entry into the unit is by application only. Students must have 150 credit points by the commencement of the unit to be eligible for entry. This means that while it is a third year elective, students may undertake their elective in their second year, providing they have 150 credit points before the unit commences.

This elective is housed within engineering but can be undertaken by students from any degree. Offers to participate in the program will be made on a rolling basis. Apply early so that you don’t miss out on the experience. Preference will be given to people who demonstrate a passion for creating social impact and who can work well in teams.

Unit assessment

The unit assessment will include group project work and individual portfolio work. There is no exam associated with this unit.

Program cost includes:

  • All project costs
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Travel in India
  • Accommodation
  • Translators and local guides
  • Safety and security monitoring and planning
  • Organisation costs and engagement with Pollinate Energy’s facilitation and mentor team.
  • Travel insurance (eligibility criteria apply)

Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):

  • Flights
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Academic unit fee

*Program cost is approximate at the time of being listed online and is subject to change.

The following types of fee help and funding are available to help eligible students with the costs towards this program:

  • OS Help Loan of up to A$8,295 (as at 2020)
  • New Colombo Plan grants of A$3,000 are available for this program

Information sessions

Register your interest to learn more about this study tour and to be kept updated on upcoming information sessions.

Still not sure?

For further details on this program please contact:

Jenny Turner
Director of Community Partnerships, STEM Practice Academy
+61 3 9214 5691

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